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Pharmacist Licensure by Examination or Score Transfer



When to File Application by Examination or Score Transfer

How you apply for a Pharmacist license depends on whether you have passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and, if so, when you passed it, whether you requested a score transfer to Delaware and whether you are already licensed in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia).

If either of the following situations applies to you, you must apply by Licensure Transfer (Reciprocity):

  • You passed the NAPLEX less than one year ago but you did not designate Delaware as a score transfer state.
  • You passed the NAPLEX over one year ago and you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction.

If neither of the situations above applies to you, file the Application for Pharmacist Licensure by Examination or Score Transfer form. The first question on the application asks you to select whether you are applying by Examination or Score Transfer. Use this table to decide which to check.

 

IF you… AND IF you… THEN check…
have not passed the NAPLEX want Delaware to be your primary jurisdiction for eligibility Examination
have applied to take it in another jurisdiction and requested (or will request) score transfer to Delaware Score Transfer
passed the NAPLEX over one year ago are not currently licensed in another jurisdiction Examination
passed the NAPLEX less than one year ago requested score transfer to Delaware when you took it Score Transfer

 

Internship Requirement

Whether you are applying by Examination or Score Transfer, you must complete 1,500 hours of Board-approved pre-licensure experience before you can be considered for licensure. If you have not completed all 1,500 hours when you file the Application for Pharmacist Licensure by Examination or Score Transfer and you wish to attain any remaining hours while working in Delaware, you must file an Application for Registration for Internship in addition to this application. The Board office will issue you a permit to allow you to work as a Pharmacist Intern in a Delaware Pharmacy.

 

Requirements for All Applications

The following are required for all applications, regardless of whether you are applying by Examination or Score Transfer.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for Board office to receive a State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check following the instructions on the Instructions for Requesting a Criminal Background Check form included with this application. It is strongly suggested that you submit your request to the State Bureau of Identification promptly because it may take up to eight weeks for the Board office to receive the criminal background check.
  • Submit proof of your pharmacy education:
    • If you graduated from a school or college of pharmacy in the U.S., arrange for your school/college to submit a Certificate of Graduation Form (included with the application) completed directly to the Board office.
    • If you graduated from a school or college of pharmacy outside the U.S., submit a copy of your Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) Certificate. To apply for the FPGEC, go to www.nabp.pharmacy.
    • If you have not yet graduated from a school or college of pharmacy, see the Registering to Take the Examination section below.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive proof that you have completed 1,500 hours of Board-approved internship. Proof consists of any of these that apply:
    • College Practical Experience Form (included with the application) completed by your school or college of pharmacy for practicum hours and sent directly to the Board office
    • Affidavit of Intern Experience form(s) to document any pre-licensure or internship hours you’ve worked in a Pharmacy, completed by your preceptor and sent directly to the Board office.
    • Transfer of internship hours from another jurisdiction(s), sent directly from each jurisdiction’s Board of Pharmacy to the Delaware Board office

 

Registering to Take the Examination

In addition to filing this application, you must register with NABP to take the Multi-State Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) and, if you have not already passed it, the NAPLEX. To register, go to www.nabp.pharmacy. You should register with NABP at the same time you file this application. Until you register with NABP, the Board office cannot make you eligible to take the exam.

The Board office will determine if you are eligible to take the examination when it has received all of the following:

  • Application
  • Processing fee
  • Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement, when applicable
  • Proof of your education as follows:
    • If you have graduated, the Board must receive either the Certificate of Graduation or FPGEC, whichever applies.
    • If you have not yet graduated, arrange for the Board office to receive an official letter from your school or college of pharmacy stating that you have met all requirements for graduation. The letter must be sent directly from the school or college to the Board office. This letter is sufficient only to allow you to take the examination; it is not sufficient proof of education for licensure.

When the Board office makes you eligible, NABP will send you an Authorization to Test letter that will explain how to schedule your examination.

For help on preparing for the MPJE, see MPJE Study Material.

NABP will notify you of the results. If you pass, all items listed in the Requirements for All Applications section above will be required before your Pharmacist license is issued.


Re-Taking an Examination

If you did not pass an exam, you must wait before you can re-take the exam as follows:

  • 91 days after failing the NAPLEX
  • 31 days after failing the MPJE

To re-take an exam, you must re-register on www.nabp.pharmacy and the Board office must re-confirm your eligibility. For more information about re-taking the exams, see Section 1.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


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